I didn’t expect to like this. I was never that big a fan of the original, but then, that was really before my time. I’ve heard it was popular back then, but so was Aqua Velva. But I decided to watch this remake despite my disinterest. It’s sort of an obligation, being a self-proclaimed TV critic and all that.
Color me surprised.
It’s a good show. Not too intelligent, but not excessively stupid either. And oh so pretty to look at … on almost every possible level. Good looking actors, great scenery. Hawaiian beaches. Grace Park in a bikini on a Hawaiian beach. You get the picture. If you don’t, I’ve graciously provided one for you. Enjoy.
I’m also digging the theme music. That one is timeless.
The thing that really makes it all work, however, is the relationship between the two leads, Alex O’Loughlin as McGarrett and Scott Caan as Danny “Danno” Williams. Sure, it’s a pretty routine bickering partners set-up, familiar to anyone who ever saw any of the Lethal Weapon movies … or anything with Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker/Owen Wilson in it. Caan’s rapid-fire, stream-of-consciousness delivery when he’s chastising McGarrett is amazing, even brilliant. I’ve never been a fan, but in this role, Caan is perfect. And our McGarrett is nothing like the one made famous by Jack Lord. That McGarrett struck me as being wound as tight as any human could possibly be, specially in Hawaii, and the most by-the-book kind of cop ever. Our McGarrett … not so much. He’s fast and loose and really rather violent. A man for our times.
The producers/writers/creators behind this version of H50 are smart. They’re not trying to ape the earlier incarnation. They’ve taken the basic premise and gone entirely their own way with it. The two versions may share a theme and a location–and a couple or three names–but beyond that, they bare little resemblance to one another.
That’s a good. Good enough to keep me wanting more.
And then there’s Grace Park.
Did I mention the bikini?
Hawaii Five-0 airs Mondays at 10/9c on CBS.